This Little Piggy Went To Sanctuary, Part 2

Posted by Pia

As promised I am here to report that Elf, the 400-pound piggy originally slated for slaughter, is safe, sound and chomping on alfalfa at California's Animal Acres sanctuary for farm animals. The journey to this new home went smoothly, but was understandably bittersweet for Alexa and her mom, who had raised Elf from a piglet. But why don't I stop yammering and let Alexa's mom, Jami, tell you about the experience first hand?

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1 "What an incredible experience! I adore Frank!!!! What an incredible man!" says Alexa's mom, Jami. In fact, Frank has saved thousands of animals.

Frank and founder Lorri Bauston run Animal Acres Sanctuary. When Frank heard how Alexa had saved Elf, he offered to make room for Elf to come and live out his life in their care.

2 Frank and founder Lorri Bauston run Animal Acres Sanctuary. When Frank heard how Alexa had saved Elf, he offered to make room for Elf to come and live out his life in their care.

3 "Alexa and I had no problem transporting Elf... We opened up the gate of the trailer and he was sitting up over a big bowl of feed with alfalfa hanging out of his mouth. He looked at us like, 'oh hey, hi. What up?'"

4 "We walked him out of the trailer with Frank's guidance..."

5 "...and he went right into the barn stall Frank prepared for him!"

6 "He was in heaven! "

7 "He could hear the other pigs, see them and smell them!" Frank thinks Elf and Macey (above) will be fast friends.

8 "Frank said a pig has never adjusted that quickly!"

9 "Yay Elf!!!"

10 "So it was bittersweet, since we love him soooo much, but once we got there, we both knew this was the PERFECT place."

11 "He'll have people who will love him as he deserves."

12 "Oh, and Frank said, he is so friendly they are going to use him on their Sunday tours!"

13 "We stayed for 3 hours!"

14 "We cruised around Animal Acres with Frank -- very informative guy!"

15 "We got to see the whole place..."

16 "...and we got to meet the resident animals" like sweet Regina, above...

...and Jumper.

17 ...and Jumper.

18 "There were so many amazing friendly faces!"

19 "They all seemed so peaceful..."

20 "...as though they knew they were finally safe."

21 "It was clear that Elf would be in 'Hog Heaven' with his new friends!"

22 "Thanks again Pia -- .I don't know how I could ever repay you for helping us save our pet! Sincerely, Jami and Alexa."

I'm so honored to have had some small part in Elf's journey to a happy forever home. I've had the pleasure of visiting Animal Acres many times, and I have complete confidence that Elf will be loved and spoiled by Frank and the caring Animal Acres crew.

Elf's care and that of the other animal residents is costly, though. Thankfully, the freedom and peace found by animals at the sanctuary results in them living long, happy lives. So any donation you or your animal-loving friends can make for Elf and the others would help a great deal!

Frank emailed me to today to report that Elf had seemed a bit bored in his first days at the sanctuary, so they decided to go ahead and introduce him to the other pigs earlier than planned.

The introduction went great, and Elf is fitting right in with all of the other sanctuary residents. In fact, he already has his cute mug up on the website! Check him out in the Sanctuary Critters gallery among his new piggy friends.

Frank also relayed to me that Alexa and her mother called him to report that having now learned so much from the experience, they have decided to stop eating animals. What a wonderful tribute to Elf and Animal Acres!

I think the old rhyme needs a new verse: "This little piggy went to Sanctuary…"

I like that! It has a nice ring!

A big bravo and thanks to Alex, Jami, Lorri, Frank and the Animal Acres residents who have been so welcoming to Elf!

In kinship,
Dr. Pia Salk

P.S. Be sure to tune in to today's Martha Stewart show: I'll be live in the studio with Martha and some wonderful adoptable animals!

Comments (7)

  • Dr. Pia
    That Elf is one big pig. Good thing you saved him or he would have been lots of bacon!

    I like these kinds of stories not the ones with the sad pictures they upset me.

    I'll be watching Martha with mom tonight after dinner, it's our nightly ritual since she works and needs to record the show. I have to tell you we can't adopt any more pets we have enough. I have to tolerate these 3 Labs living with us who take away time with mom and now we have 3 cats that come around the house that she feeds. She was out shopping last weekend and came across a 4 month old Frenchie that needed a home I had to put my foot down - enough already! I'm the only Frenchie living in this house - dad agreed :)

    Zoe

  • Dr. Pia,
    i really enjoy reading your articles and stories, and i just wanted to thank you for inspiring us to help animals in our community. i recently adopted a cat from a shelter, after reading your blog, and i must say altough it broke my heart to see all those homeless animals over there, i was really proud to bring home my new friend! it's the most amazing cat, and a great addition to our home.
    thank you!

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    Oh drat, it’s raining outside today. It rained yesterday too even if I had to go to see my vet. It’s that time of the year again. She said that I was the “best boy” she has ever seen. I think she says that to everyone but it still feels good when she says it to me. Everything checked out really good and I’m good to go for another year. I think I will take another nap and maybe the rain will go away. Have a good day.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Indeed a big Bravo!!!! it makes my heart swell with joy reading the wonderful out come with Elf...how absolutely wonderful.

    Thank You Dr.Pia for being instrumental in this event.
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  • Indeed a big Bravo!!!! it makes my heart swell with joy reading the wonderful out-come with Elf...how absolutely wonderful.

    Thank You Dr.Pia for being instrumental in this event.

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  • Hello Dr. Pia: Looks like Elf has found a great home. I see that he looks very happy too. That is the most important thing. Oh, and that he is loved alot too.

    Thank you Zoe for asking about what could be the matter with me. Basil, thanks for keeping your paws crossed for me. I will do the same for you too. I was better last night, but still not up to snuff. Zoe, I am half beagle and perhaps my father was a Shiba Inu. I've got the colors, the build and the curled tail. My mom and dad adopted me from the Tri-Beagle Rescue of NC.

    It's nice and warm today, but it is raining alot. Momma said this winter has been a bad one for this area so it's nice to see it warm even if it is raining.

    Well, it's time for a nice rainy day nap and a snack. Take care. See ya later. Love, Gracyn.

  • Hi Dr. Pia, Thanks again for another great blog. What a lucky fellow little Elf is and what a great person Frank is. You on the other hand are superb at what you do to help animals. It was really great seeing you and those wonderful dogs on Martha's TV Show today. Like I told her, I'm sure those beautiful dogs found fabulous homes. Jan

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